Gov. Rod Blagojevich is proposing a $396 million increase in education funding, but the budget he released today doesn't specify where he wants the new dollars spent.
Blagojevich says elementary and secondary school funding is so important he wants lawmakers to negotiate its distribution with him.
It's unusual for governors to not specify where they want education funding to go. And Blagojevich's plan comes a month after he announced he wants to dismantle the independent State Board of Education and take over schools himself.
The governor is proposing a $5.7 billion education budget. That's six-point-five percent higher than last year, but there's too little money to fund everyone's desires. Just increasing per-pupil funding by $250 would eat up the entire pool of new money.